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If you want to perform periodic technical inspections of motor vehicles (Algemeen Periodieke Keuring, APK) in the Netherlands, your company has to be recognised by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW). Only a recognised APK inspector (APK-keurmeester) may perform this inspection.
Applying for APK recognition
You can apply for an APK recognition with the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW, in Dutch). If you want to apply for more than 1 branche of your business, you must apply for each location seperately.
Together with your application form (download the Dutch-language pdf under 1), you must submit an extract from your registration with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK). You can send these to RDW Servicecentrum Erkenningen, Postbus 30.000. 9640 RA Veendam
After your application has been received RDW they will send you a form via e-mail with which you declare you comply with the requirements for recognition (in Dutch), such as:
- you have valid test certificates for the necessary equipment, such as the soot meter, the oil temperature meter and the exhaust tester;
- the location you apply for complies with the requirements
- the location you apply for has at least 1 certified inspector;
- a description of the vehicle fleet (where applicable).
After you returned the form via email to email@example.com an RDW supervisor will schedule an appointment to check if you fulfil all requirements.
An APK inspector is someone within your company who’s approved to carry out APK tests. To become an APK inspector, this person needs to have a valid Dutch APK diploma. This APK inspector licence must be renewed every 2 years. Please find more information on the IBKI website (in Dutch). IBKI is responsible for the APK exams.
When testing vehicles, you have to oblige with certain rules and testing requirements. Extensive information on this topic can be found on the APK regulations website (in Dutch).
You must always report the status of the cars you have tested to RDW. This report includes the mileage at the time of the test as well as other relevant issues. You can make this report to the RDW online via APK Webdirect (in Dutch).